Tongue Problems Directory
It can be very uncomfortable when you experience tongue problems. Most conditions are not serious, though some tongue problems can be a sign of oral cancer or other more serious problems. Leukoplakia, thrush, and lichen planus are characterized by white patches on the tongue. A red tongue can be a sign of geographic tongue, scarlet fever, Kawasaki syndrome, or a vitamin deficiency. Follow the links below to find WebMD's comprehensive coverage about how tongue problems are caused, what they look like, symptoms of various tongue problems, and much more.
Geographic Tongue: Causes and Treatments
WebMD provides information on geographic tongue, including symptoms and causes.
WebMD explains a fissured tongue, its causes, and conditions where it's more common.
Oral Health and Leukoplakia
Leukoplakia, or white and gray patches inside the mouth, may be caused by irritation. Or, the condition may be a sign of oral cancer. Learn more from WebMD about how leukoplakia is treated.
What Is Black Hairy Tongue?
WebMD explains what black hairy tongue is, its characteristics, causes, and treatments.
Slideshows & Images
The Tongue (Human Anatomy): Picture, Function, Definition, Problems, and More
WebMD's Tongue Anatomy Page provides a detailed picture and definition of the tongue as well as an overview of its function and location in the body. Also learn about conditions, test, and procedures that may affect the tongue.
Picture of Geographic Tongue
Geographic tongue. There is a peculiar condition of the tongue that takes the form of denudations of the lingual surface in patches of redness that shift in position from time to time over hours and days. The cause of the condition is not known; there may be some relationship to psoriasis. No treatment is effective. The condition is largely asymptomatic except for slight tingling when sharp food is taken.
Slideshow: The Science Behind Weird Body Quirks
Who hasn't had an ice cream brain freeze, or been awakened by the pain of a charley horse? What's behind these weird body quirks, anyway? Find out.
17 Oral Health & Mouth Problems
Sores, painful gums, bad breath -- what’s going on in your mouth? Found out with our slideshow of the most common mouth problems.